5 Players Boston Bruins Might Still Sign
The Top Five Players Boston Bruins May Sign Before Training Camp
Although the free agent market has dwindled and the offseason comes to a close, teams like the Boston Bruins, who still have a few roster spots open, may make one more summer splash with another signing before training camp. By now, most of the big names are gone, but there are good complementary players out there. The Bruins still need a few more piece players before they can say they have a complete squad.
The Bruins are not going to get the next Sidney Crosby. What they need are a few guys who can complement what they already have while improving the team in some respects. Loui Eriksson and Jerome Iginla are great examples of that type of player. Iginla provides the team with more leadership and as a fills in the production of Nathan Horton, with potential for more. Eriksson play suits a style that the Bruins were never going to get out of Tyler Seguin. Loui's physical play adds to a line that is already tough, but can still score goals.
The biggest area of improvement would be, as always, the third line. There remains the possibility of moving up Daniel Paille, but for now that is just a temporary solution. Meanwhile, there are players on the market that the Bruins can still use and get the most out of.
With options still available, the Bruins might take a chance and bring some fresh blood before training camp starts. It is not guarentee what the Bruins will do, but these five stand the best chance of heading up to Boston.
Tim Nikolouzos is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @timnikolou
5. Brad Boyes
A center is not one of the most pressing needs for the team, but do no count it out. Any shaking up of the current positions may leave some gaps that need to be filled in in the center of the ice. The former Bruins player has had some big seasons over his career, and last year was another good one. His inexpensive salary helps too. As of now, there is no pressing need for him, but he still remains a viable option.
4. Simon Gagne
Even with all of his reported desire to remain with the Philadelphia Flyers, there is no chance that he is not courting other suitors. The Bruins may be one of these teams. He is a big name with plenty of skills to match. He could play on either wing, making him one of the best players left on the market. His price would be the only sticking point, but then again, he may take whatever he can at this point. The way to bring him to Boston would be to move some players around, which is unlikely at this point.
3. Damien Brunner
Brunner is one of the most interesting players on the market. He is still young with unfulfilled potential, but he lacks enough ice time. He is not an expensive player and could turn out to be one of the biggest bargains, but it would be a risk if he does not pan out. The Bruins can not afford to take many chances on players with a limited salary cap left and other pressing needs. But if they can find some way to bring him into the fold, then they should do it.
2. Brenden Morrow
Morrow is a veteran winger that is surprisingly still available. He put up good numbers with limited ice time with the Pittsburgh Penguins and their loaded roster. There would be no reason to expect any less in Boston. The benefit of his presence as a veteran on a third line in need of leadership and consistency would be a big impact. If the Bruins want to move experienced players around from within the organization, then Morrow will find himself less needed.
1. Mason Raymond
If there are any Bruins style of players left on the market, it would be this guy. He has had some big game and stats over his career, but his biggest value is his effort and toughness he has on the ice, which is second to none. He is as well equipped to play on first line, but injuries have hampered him in recent seasons. He would be a bargain and worth the Bruins taking a chance on him for sure.